Regular readers of my blog will know that I learned to appreciate the value of architecture from a young age when an extension was added to my family home in Zambia. It provided me with room to study and from this, I was able to appreciate the value of additional space.
Following my studies at Hull School of Architecture, I immediately set up a company as soon as I finished my post-graduate diploma but as I hadn’t taken my final examinations at this point, I was unable to refer to myself as an architect so the company I initially set up was known as Extra Design and Associates.
Prior to sitting my final exam, I was contracting out my services to various companies. The situation was ideal for me because I prefer not to be sat behind a desk in an office all day, so the position enabled me to get out and about, mixing with clients in their own surroundings.
This involved a lot of travelling around, which I had become used to and enjoyed. During my travels, I noticed a significant difference between the traditions of UK architecture and the liberal, innovative architecture throughout the rest of Europe. I found this period very inspiring, taking everything I had learned in college, listening to the client’s brief, coming up with a design that encompasses great aestheticism, energy efficiency and at the same time, satisfies the client and the planning regulations.
It’s quite a fine balance to strike but this all comes from education and experience. When you have got the architectural licence, at that point you are able to really go wild with your imagination and do something spectacular. Glass is such a great medium to work with, particularly when it comes to breathing new life and light into an area.
Folding doors are a great way to bring the outside in and vice versa. They have become very popular in the last few years in the UK. It’s always remarkable to see the difference they can make to a home. In fact, a lot of new homes are being built with the folding doors already installed. Indeed they may not be to everyone’s taste but they are evidence of a change in architecture, as gardens and patios are considered to be living spaces, albeit one you can shut the door on when it rains.
Join me in my next instalment to find out more of my thoughts on architecture in Hull.